My first concern is the satisfaction of my customer. I want
to work with you on your hat expectations. For example, is
the hat to be worn for a specific occasion? Do you see a certain
shape, color, or trimming in my sample pictures that you like?
Please note that the hat pictures on my web site are only
samples of my work. You may choose from a style you see in
the few sample hat pictures shown, or I can make a similar
style by changing the color or hat trimmings, or create something
all together different. If you have a request for something
that is beyond my capabilities, I will let you know upfront.
I want to hear what your needs are and then spend some time
thinking about what I can do for you and then get back to
you to discuss my ideas. I can email you photos of fabrics,
trimmings, etc. that I might use in the design of your hat
so that you can approve them in advance of manufacturing the
hat. When your hat is finished, you can be sure that I will
guarantee the quality of my workmanship before sending the
hat to you.
From my photographs you can see that I like to work with
hat styles of the past. In fact, some of the wooden blocks
that I use to shape my hat crowns and brims are antique blocks.
I acquired and now own a wooden brim block from the 1940s
that was used by a famous milliner in Paris. To me, hat wearing
is like playing dress up for adults. It allows the wearer
to enter into a fantasy world by wearing a certain hat and
outfit that will personify a look of elegance and emulate
the glamour of a bygone era. The personality of that hat will
be yours while that hat is on your head. Whether you are wearing
a romantic large brim hat covered with ostrich feathers, a
1920s cloche, or a 1930s/40s cocktail hat, your admirers will
smile and thank you for wearing it. And ladies, you will see
a big difference in the way your man (and others) react to
you when you are wearing a Jan Ali Hat. Men love to see women
in hats. You may be surprised to see how that old time chivalry
reappears when a woman is wearing a feminine hat.
I would like to thank the following family members for all
their help in finding family pictures shown on my website:
my mother, June Chew Matthews; my brother and sister, Greg
Matthews and Diane Matthews Altier; my aunt, Violet Chew;
my uncle, Paul Matthews; my second cousins, Jean Johnson Huhn,
Paul Johnson, Fay Johnson Sexton, and Doris Chew Bigler. To
find photographs going as far back as my great, great grandfather
could not have been done without the help of all these relatives.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank my lovely, young
model, Camille Jagessar, a native of Trinidad, but now living
with her husband in the United States. She is truly a beauty
in all ways.